National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims
September 25 is the date of the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims (NDRMV), designated by the U.S. Congress in 2007, to recognize the impact of homicides on surviving loved ones and communities.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.—R. Puz
We recognize NDRMV.VI every year, in solidarity with those who have lost loved ones to violence. The 2021 special community event featured the unveiling of the St. Croix Memorial Quilt, created by Aida Almestica-Franco and her family. The Quilt includes over 600 names of people murdered on or from St. Croix. Aida presented the Quilt to WCSC, for display in our new building. We thank the USVI Department of Agriculture for sponsoring this very special event held on the Agricultural Fairgrounds.
From January to September 6, 2021, there were 33 people murdered in the USVI: 24 on St. Croix, seven on St. Thomas and two on St. John. Every person’s death is a valuable loss of life for families and our communities. How can we stop it?
- End the violence.
- Protect our children.
- Stop the flow of illegal guns into the Territory
- Learn about and encourage peaceful conflict resolution
- Share ways for our children to form healthier relationships
Let’s make a healthy community, that practices nonviolent communication, the priority. Our lawmakers must involve and listen to community members in decision-making related to firearms legislation.
It may not be easy, but together we must create a safer world for us all. Only we can make it happen.
If you or someone you know is in need of our free services for victims, survivors, surviving loved ones or families in need, call our main office/crisis center at 340.773.9272.
The Wall of Remembrance, a visual presentation of the names of murder victims on St. Croix since 1974, is updated every year and will be featured on our Facebook and YouTube channels.
Visit our NDRMV.VI Facebook page, for more information on Day of Remembrance events on St. Croix, and to post memorials to your loved ones.